April 2014

Bart the Adventure Gnome, 2012

Chuck Wed, 2014-04-30 08:30
Some backstory might be useful. My colleague and friend Scott has a New Year's Eve party every year, and a few years ago he came up with the idea that Bart, one of his garden gnomes, got tired of hanging out in the backyard and was consumed with wanderlust (Lori and I sympathize with the little fellow). He tried to make a break for it but got lost in the ivy: whichever guest at the party found Bart got a bunch of prizes with the stipulation that Bart had to accompany them on all their travels. Can you guess who found Bart? It was an active year for him, to say the least. Scott asked me to put...

Congratulations, Darrah and Amber!

Darrah and Amber, April 26, 2014
Chuck Tue, 2014-04-29 09:00
May your home be always filled with song, May the flowers of your garden ever bloom, May your eyes wonder at God's creation together, May you break bread and share wine always with the memory of this day, And may your marriage forever be an example of God's love.

Catch You After the Wedding

Wedding rings on a rose
Chuck Sat, 2014-04-19 10:30
Our son is getting married next Saturday, April 26th. More than a year of planning, preparing, and both fun and work are coming to fruition. As anyone who's prepared for a wedding will attest, the last couple of weeks before the big day are mapped out to the minute, filled with the mundane details of making sure every last flower, table decoration, piece of music, DJ song, and other detail is accounted for. Which means no time for blogging, and preparations for our 6 months on the road are put on hold. So congratulations Darrah and Amber, and congratulations to all the other thousands of...

Repost: Exercise, the "E" Word

Chuck Fri, 2014-04-18 09:00
Original Posting: http://chuckros.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/exercise-the-e-word/ I'm back from summer & vacation hiatus and (obviously) ready to blog again! To ease back into it I'll wrap up my series on weight loss by blogging about exercise, as promised a few months ago. But first a quick update: a couple of weeks ago I broke through the 200 pound mark, and today I weigh 198 pounds. This is the first time I've weighed less than 200 in 20+ years. My son was a baby back then, and it was before my daughter was born (hence she's NEVER known me to be this thin). When I started this diet back...

Repost: Diet Gems

Chuck Thu, 2014-04-17 09:00
Original posting: http://chuckros.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/diet-gems/ Everyone who's dieted a few times has found a few foods, restaurants, dishes, "gems" that surprised you. Who knew bulgur could be made to taste good? Who has even heard of bulgur? This blog is just a quick dump of some of the gems I've found, mostly in my current calorie-counting "sure-fire" diet, but also in previous diets. Restaurants Season's 52 - this chain's concept is simple and fresh foods and has locations in major cities across the country. The 300 calorie flatbreads are fantastic. If you want a great low-calorie...

Repost: Weighing, uggh

Chuck Wed, 2014-04-16 09:00
Originally posting: http://chuckros.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/weighing-uggh/ Has this ever happened to you: after several days of intensive dieting, you are certain that you've shed a pound AT LEAST, and when you step on the scale it shows you've GAINED a pound? Or how about this: for a few days you've given up on your diet, splurged a couple of times on pizzas and buffets, skipped trips to the gym, and when you decide to get back on the diet you weigh in and found you've LOST a pound? It's true: scales are fickle and weighing sucks. But as I've said before, scales are like our glucose meters...

Repost: Implementing the Sure-Fire Diet

Chuck Tue, 2014-04-15 09:00
Original posting: http://chuckros.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/implementing-the-sure-fire-diet/ Apparently I struck a chord with my sure-fire diet blog : I've gotten more traffic and personal contacts on that blog than I've gotten on any blog that I've posted without an accompanying press release. I think this is a reflection of how much of a medical problem being overweight is, dare I employ the over-utilized term, an epidemic. People are obviously struggling with weight loss and they flock to the latest fad or gimmick that might help. Or at least offers hope. I hope what's worked for me isn't...

Repost: The Sure-Fire Diet

Chuck Mon, 2014-04-14 09:12
I lost a lot of weight a couple of years ago. 80 pounds to be exact. Invariably people ask how I did it, which sometimes results in a concise response, others not so concise. I wrote this blog two years ago in the midst of my weight loss, just before we went to Europe last time. I know I'm going to have to be extra-diligent in watching my eating during our 6 months in Europe, and as our son's wedding approaches in another couple of weeks, I've been trying to watch the calories again. So it seems like a good idea to revisit my original blog. Originally posted at: http://chuckros.wordpress.com/...

Can Americans Function Without a Car?

Lori in our Chrysler Crossfire, Key West
Chuck Sun, 2014-04-13 09:23
We recently blogged our announcement that we've decided to keep our Crossfire roadster because we love it more than it's apparently worth. We also blogged last month about the Mercedes debacle and our replacing it with a Nissan (which is still running, reliably, without having to pour thousands of dollars into, I'm happy to report). But even as we profess how nice it is to live lean, and even as much as we're looking forward to living a relatively "car-less" life in Europe for 6 months, here we are holding onto two automobiles that we won't touch for half a year. What's up with that? Can...

Il Duomo

Il Duomo, Florence Italy
Chuck Sat, 2014-04-12 14:19
Florence's Il Duomo This picture was taken from the roof of the hotel we stayed at: we were close enough that the wide angle lens makes the tower look like it's counterpart in Pisa!

The Diminishing Cupboard and Living Lean

Full closets
Chuck Fri, 2014-04-11 09:22
A theme of many of the full-time travel books we've read is how to live lean. Whether you call it vagabonding or wandering or full-time travel or intentionally homeless, a key component is shedding a lot of (if not all of) the stuff you accumulate in a more conventional life. Goal: Closets That Look Like This... It's surprisingly challenging. After all, we're conditioned as Americans to collect stuff: homes, cars, jewelry, shoes (well, at least 1/2 of this middle-aged empty-nest couple with nomadic aspirations has a formidable shoe collection). As much as I love the idea of hitting the road...